Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! In the midst of shopping, cooking, baking, traveling and entertaining, don’t forget to slow down a bit and participate in some of the wonderful local activities and events going on for the next several weeks. It’s a great time to get out and see your friends and neighbors while supporting local businesses and enjoying inexpensive and free fun for the whole family.
The holiday season kicks off with the Lion’s Club Annual Sees Candy Sale, a fundraiser for their various projects. The sale starts the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Bandon True Value and continues through the week at Ray’s Food Place and Price ‘N’ Pride.
Join others at the community Thanksgiving Holiday Meal at The Barn Community Center on November 27. This is a free event, open to all regardless of income, and monetary donations are accepted at the door. If you’re interested in helping with the event, there are volunteer positions available for serving and other miscellaneous jobs such as dishwashing and greeting. Dessert donations are happily accepted as well.
The day after Thanksgiving is the official start to the Christmas shopping season across the country, and Bandon is no exception. What is exceptional is the 6th annual Shop Bandon for the Holidays, a fun way to encourage shoppers to buy their Christmas gifts and meals from local shops and restaurants. From November 28-December 22, save your receipts from Bandon’s retail stores and restaurants, and when you reach $85, take your receipts to the Chamber of Commerce for a commemorative pint glass.
Bandon residents and its visitors always look forward to the Night of 1000 Lights as November changes to December and Old Town lights up, literally and figuratively, and this year, it happens on November 29. The town turns out for music, treats, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and carolers. Come visit the shops which, lit up with strings of lights, will be open late to extend the fun into the evening, and stay as day turns to night for the lighting of the Christmas tree.
The Bandon Library Friends & Foundation (BLFF) Holiday Book Sale happens at 10:30 on December 6 at the Bandon City Library. Come take a look around; you’ll find gifts for everyone and books to help you through dark winter evenings. The sale benefits the BLFF.
The Final Market Weekend on December 12 & 13 at the Old Town Marketplace is a special one. The market is open from 10-4 both days, but Saturday will be Santa’s big day. He and Mrs. Claus will be arriving on the charter vessel Prowler at 1:00 at the Port of Bandon Boat Launch. They will be in Old Town and at the Market to say hello and pose for pictures with you and your family, taken by Cardas Photography, from 1:30-3:30.
Marlo Dance Studio will be putting on the Christmas standby, “The Nutcracker,” December 12-14 at the Sprague Theater. This is a family friendly ballet at a length appropriate for little ones to enjoy. They will be joined by Ballet Pacific and Willamette Apprentice Ballet. Tickets will be $15.
Billy Smoothboar’s Restaurant invites families in need to their free Christmas for the Less Fortunate event on December 17 from 4-7 p.m. Guests will be treated to a true Christmas wonderland with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas elves, a portrait artist, and members of the cast of the upcoming “Christmas Carol” play. Other fun activities will include gingerbread man decorating, refreshments, and gifts for the kids.
There’s nothing like the play “A Christmas Carol” to put folks in a Christmas mood. You can see it at the Sprague Theater December 19-21. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults and will be available at Billy Smoothboar’s and at the door. Proceeds will go to cover costs and to fund the Christmas for the Less Fortunate event.
The Annual Community Christmas Dinner will be served from 11:30-2 on Christmas Day at The Barn Community Center. Come and enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings!